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Sacred Heart Academy announces Open House

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart will hold Open Houses on Thursday, September 30 from 5-7 pm and Sunday, October 3 from 11 am- 2 pm.  All prospective families are invited to attend, tour the School, and find out about the opportunities for girls in grades 9-12.  Sacred Heart is an all-girls, college preparatory school in the Franciscan tradition. Sacred Heart was recently ranked the #3 overall high school in Western New York by Business First as well as #1 in math and #2 in English.  To learn more, visit our website at www.sacredheartacademy.org or call the Admissions Office at 834-2101 ext. 311.

Our Lady of Black Rock School Begins Year with Parade

Instead of hitting the books, students at Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo hit the streets. The students kicked off the first day of class today with a parade around the neighborhood. New principal Martha Eadie wanted the first day of school to be full of fun festivities to introduce over 20 new students and their families to current students and staff, commencing the school year with a positive and unified spirit.

“We have such a big influx of new students, we have multicultural students, students with English as a second language. I thought it would be a good way to invite the families in on the first day, have that atmosphere of a community, and in a very unconventional way, welcome in the new year,” Mrs. Eadie said.

Picture Perfect Start to School Year

With cameras in hand, parents came to St. Andrew’s Country Day School today (Sept. 7) as the Kenmore elementary school opened its doors for another year of reading, ’riting and ’rithmatic. While the poparazzi and mamarazzi snapped photos, Principal Dennis Welka and St. Andrew’s pastor, Msgr. Richard Siepka, welcomed the new and returning students.

Parents admitted to be nervous and anxious for their kids, especially those starting kindergarten. Many are already familiar with the school from having attended pre-K there, so aside from attending a full five days a week, it’s not too big a change for the wee ones.  “I like the small atmosphere. I like the Catholic education. And he just enjoys being here. That helps it,” said Lucia Gullo, mother of 5-year-old Antonio.

Christ the King Seminary to pilot distance learning at Canisius, St. Bonaventure

Christ the King Seminary will be piloting a Distance Learning program for two of its Continuing Education classes during the Fall 2010 semester. The new program is intended to provide more options to help students access the Seminary’s courses in the manner most convenient to their lifestyle and needs. Students who register to take either “Theology of God” (Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. beginning September 14) or “The Gospels” (Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. beginning September 16) will be given the option of taking the class at the Seminary’s East Aurora campus or taking it via video-conferencing technology at Canisius College or St. Bonaventure University.

“Welcome Crew” Welcomes New Students at Kenmore West

Elizabeth Brock, a Junior at Kenmore West High School, and Sophomore James Benders, both have fond and welcoming memories of their first day as Freshmen at Kenmore West.  Neither felt nervous, lost, or not welcome when they walked into the school for the first time as freshman. 

They knew exactly where homeroom was, where their classes were throughout the building, and even remembered friends from their Freshman Orientation.  A big reason for that feeling of comfort was the “Welcome Crew” at Kenmore West High School, a group of student volunteers who worked hard making the transition to high school an easy one.

“Being a freshman was great.  I loved it.  The first day was really easy because everyone was so nice, and students showed you where to go,” said Brock.

“I wasn’t nervous at all, thanks to the ‘Welcome Crew,’” said Benders.

Holmes Elementary School Hosts Retreat for Teachers

While Amy Pavone has taught for the past four years at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, this new school year marks the first where she will be teaching at Holmes Elementary School.  The fifth-grade teacher is no different than the student who is the “new kid” in the building and is meeting and will soon work with an entirely new team of teachers and administrators.

To ease the transition to a new school, to reacquaint staff, and to ensure teachers are prepared for instruction the first day of school, Holmes Elementary School Principal Lisa Cross held the “Homes Retreat” for teachers.  The theme of the retreat was “Building a Reading Life.”

“It is very important, especially if you are a new teacher, to feel that you are part of a community.  I feel that at Holmes Elementary School.  Lisa Cross did a great job of setting goals and establishing expectations.  That is what teaching is all about: leading by example and setting high expectation

Kenmore East Hosts Orientation for New Students and Parents

Abby Helsel is one of 280 students who will be new to Kenmore East High School during the 2010-2011 academic year.